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LARRABEE, Iowa — The Iowa landowners who oppose a proposed pipeline to carry North Dakota oil to Illinois hope state regulators will consider their concerns about the project.

Rancher Jack Montgomery tells the Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/1MAxz6Ihttp://bit.ly/1MAxz6I ) that the pipeline Dakota Access has proposed has started to seem like a done deal.

The Iowa Utilities Board is scheduled to begin pipeline hearings on Nov. 12 after a judge ruled that landowners should take their concerns to regulators before filing a lawsuit.

Don Tormey, who is a spokesman for state regulators, says the board hasn't made any decision on the 348-mile pipeline route across Iowa. He says the fact that Dakota Access has begun stockpiling pipe doesn't mean the pipeline will be approved.

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